Tesla Brings a Surge of Electromobility News
Following Tesla’s decision to install a Gigafactory in Nuevo Leon, representatives from National Energy and Petrochemical Council called for measures to transition to the use of a cleaner energy mix. Meanwhile, AGP Glass is investing US$800 million to expand its operations in Nuevo Leon and meet Tesla’s demand in the US.
Nissan Mexicana agreed to a 9% wage increase for workers at its plant in Morelos in response to Mexico’s growing inflation.
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EU, US Work on Deal to Make EV Minerals Eligible for Tax Credits
The US and EU are reportedly negotiating an agreement that would enable European minerals used in EV production to be eligible for US tax credits, a senior EU official told Reuters. The agreement could be reached as early as next week, in time for the visit of Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President, to Washington.
This move could totally shift the EV manufacturing panorama, as it would give the EU “free trade agreement-like status.” However, the White House has not confirmed whether such a high-level agreement could be made before the visit of the European Commission President to the US.
Nuevo Leon to Provide Tesla With Comprehensive Manufacturing Ecosystem
AGP Glass is investing US$800 million to expand its operations in Nuevo Leon to meet Tesla’s demand in the US. The plant is set to begin production in July 2023 and is expected to create over 700 new jobs in the region. AGP Glass supplies to Tesla and the new plant would allow the manufacturer to serve its northern clients better.
“The AGP plant is one of the largest roofed buildings in Monterrey; we are talking about 100,000m2, 10 hectares of roofed land. It's a monster in Santa Catarina!” says Sergio Reséndiz, Director, Colliers, the real-estate company supporting this investment plan.
Tesla and Others Will Demand More and Cleaner Energy
Tesla’s decision to build a Gigafactory in Mexico presents a unique opportunity to transition toward a cleaner energy mix, says Horacio Zárate Acevedo, President, National Energy and Petrochemical Council. However, Zárate insists that if the right measures are not taken, future energy availability could be compromised.
Nissan Agrees to 9% Wage Increase at its Plant in Morelos
Nissan Mexicana has agreed to raise wages by 9% for its 1,500 unionized workers at the company’s Morelos plant, starting in April. The raise comes in response to inflation and aims to maintain labor stability while reflecting the increased cost of living. The agreement was approved by most of the plant’s workers in late Feb. 2023, according to the Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores de Nissan.
Nissan Increases Efforts Towards 2030 Sustainability Goal
To bolster the competitiveness of its EVs and e-POWER vehicles, the Japanese automaker has announced plans to introduce 27 new electric models in 2030, including 19 EVs. This is part of the company’s strategy to meet the increasing demand for electromobility options.